Miriam Landor lives and writes in Orkney, an archipelago off the north coast of Scotland. Here she has put down roots, after an international childhood following her father’s United Nations career.
Previously an author and editor of professional books and journal articles, she now focuses on writing narrative non-fiction.
Miriam recently won agent feedback through Creative Scotland’s Our Voices project for her current work, a memoir / family history: “This application was very strong indeed… a rich and powerful book”. Her essay on Resistance will be published in an anthology by Jessica Kingsley Publisher later this year, and her poem celebrating George Mackay Brown’s centenary will appear in Salt songs.
She has benefited from NUJ’s mentoring programme and organises monthly Scottish Islands group meetings for the Society of Authors. She belongs to various writing support groups formed through social media and acts as beta reader for several published authors.
Miriam’s first degree was in English literature, with subsequent degrees in education and in psychology, which each inform her work.
Whenever the Orkney sea is calm enough, you’ll find her swimming in it.
Video Interaction Guidance: a relationship-based intervention to promote attunement, empathy and well-being. 2011 eds Kennedy, Landor and Todd, JKP https://uk.jkp.com/products/video-interaction-guidance
Video Enhanced Reflective Practice: professional development through attuned interactions. 2014 eds Kennedy, Landor and Todd, JKP https://uk.jkp.com/products/video-enhanced-reflective-practice?_pos=1&_sid=364a5d2e7&_ss=r
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- “Daddy, my daddy”Roberta, the oldest of the three Railway Children, runs towards the bearded man getting off the train and into his arms. Surely no one can watch this scene, the only one everyone remembers from the 1970 film, without a twist to the heartstrings, a spasm of the tear ducts – whether due to empathy, or […]
- Happy Yuletide!Today at my home in the East Mainland of Orkney, the sun rose at 9.03 and set at 15.15. It is the shortest day of the year – the Winter Solstice, and the first day of the ancient twelve-day Yule Festival (the origin of the ‘The twelve days of Christmas’). I would have liked to […]
- Kristallnacht – the night of broken glass84 years ago, on 29th September 1938, Richard and Edith Landauer and their three children fled Germany for London. Their youngest, my father Robert, was eleven years old. Ten days later, on 9th November 1938, attacks were made by the SA and by members of the public against Jews, Jewish property and synagogues. Broken glass littered the […]
- Writing in two languagesThe Society of Authors, of which I am a member, hosts regular meetings for local and special interest groups. I run the Scottish Islands online group, and we were recently addressed by Donald E. Meek. Donald was Professor of Scottish and Gaelic studies at the University of Edinburgh, before he retired and went back to […]